A sense of place

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“It’s being here now that’s important. There’s no past and there’s no future. Time is a very misleading thing. All there is ever, is the now. We can gain experience from the past, but we can’t relive it; and we can hope for the future, but we don’t know if there is one.” — George Harrison

The sensation of landing on the other side of the world can be a little surreal. Over the sea and far away, thousands of miles away from our roots. Every place, just like every human being, given an identifiable personality. It’s easy to feel the ground beneath our feet and the air surrounding us. Sometimes, we fall in love with a place - so strongly it becomes a part of us, and fills up our heart with a sense of being home, with a feeling of belonging.

I think everyone has a place where they feel as though only good things happen. Where the reality of life seems so far away - the past having faded slightly with every mile traveled further. I have always had this habit of falling in love with the places I travel to. It is like having a never-ending string of lifelong love affairs. Affairs with oceans, with beautiful skylines, with sunrises and sunsets, with different cultures. It’s a feeling of both hunger and satisfaction at once - Something that thrives inside my soul, and I wouldn’t want it any other way.

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Somewhere deep inside all of us there’s a sense of wanderlust in one way or another. The longing to constantly see something new. To change that perspective of ours, to see ourselves with different eyes. And wherever we go, there we are, finding ourselves. No matter where we wander, no matter what’s going on in our lives, what’s on our mind, we’re always in that very moment. When we’re somewhere unknown, it seems like we’re more aware of what is happening around us; as if we’re just taking in everything new. What if life is really about nothing other than the present moment?

I recently came to the realisation that life is a lot like discovering new places - It’s about relishing in where you are and what you have at that moment, and taking note of what’s around you. Oh, how much time I’ve spent always searching for the next thing, the next item or the next goal to reach. I think we’re all guilty trying to look both back and forward, while still focusing on the ground we’re standing on - When life is actually all about absorbing. About breathing and being. About finding where you fit and appreciating the way your life unfolds. What if we quit worrying over what hasn’t happened yet, trying to make sense of it all? I believe that sometimes, all we have to do is stop. Just stop. For right now, this very moment. With nothing else going on, nothing else happening. With nowhere to go. Life is about slowing down. About finding your place in the universe and being okay with that place. What if instead of moving on autopilot, we just started living in the present moment?

▷ Sydney, Australia.
Photographed by Olivia Laskowski.

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